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Hackney Library

Circulation Policies

A guide to general policies regarding circulation, renewals, holds, fees, fines, and associated topics

Overdue Notices

Overdue Notices


Overdue and billing notices are mailed or e-mailed as a courtesy. NOTE: Failure to receive overdue notices or bills does not absolve the patron from fines. There are four types of notices:

  • Courtesy Notices: A reminder that the material is due within the week.
  • Recall Notices: A notification that a book has been recalled and must be returned immediately.
  • Overdue Notices: A notification that a book is overdue and must be returned or renewed. Patrons are sent 2 over due notices. The first is sent the day after a material is due. The second is sent two weeks after the material is due.
  • Billing Notices: A summary of all fines and replacement charges.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Materials

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Materials


All patrons are responsible for the materials that they borrow and will be fined for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Items not returned or renewed within 3 weeks from their most recent due date will be deemed lost. Patrons will be responsible for paying the replacement cost and billing fee of such items.

Theft or mutilation of library materials by Barton faculty, staff, and students also constitutes a violation of the Barton College Honor Code and will be treated accordingly, in addition to the above penalties.

In the event that a community patron steals or mutilates a magazine or journal or refuses to pay for a lost book, his/her library privileges will be immediately revoked and this behavior will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Materials Claimed Returned

To have fine removed for items-claimed-returned, patrons must write a letter of appeal and make an appointment with the Dean of the Library, Robert Cagna.

Fines and Replacement Charges

Fines and Replacement Charges


Replacement charges for all materials are based on average cost per item. Patrons will be expected to pay the replacement cost, plus billing fees and/or fines.

Patrons may pay the total lost item bill, or replace the item with a copy acceptable to the Collections and Access Services librarian and pay only the billing fee. Lost items are not subject to appeal. If lost items are returned or if a material is returned after 30 days from it's original due date, patrons will receive a $5.00 billing fee instead. Unpaid student bills may result in blocks on registration and transcripts.

Replacement Charges

  • Books: $65
  • Reference Materials: $100
  • Audiovisuals: $150
  • Periodicals/Newspapers: $25

Payment of library bills

Fines and replacement charges may be paid in cash or by check at the Circulation Desk. Checks should be made payable to "Barton College." Checks may also be mailed in with a copy of your bill to:

ATTN: Circulation Supervisor
Hackney Library
Barton College
P.O. Box 5000
Wilson, NC 27893-7000

Registered Barton students may pay bills with a credit card by:

  1. taking a copy of their library bill to the Barton College business office and making the payment,
  2. bring a receipt of payment back to the circulation desk.

Failure to bring a receipt of payment from the business office may result in a temporary hold on the account.

Suspension of Library Privileges

Suspension of Library Privileges


The library reserves the right to suspend a patron's borrowing privileges. Causes for this action include overdue books, fines, unpaid lost book(s) or other library item(s), and/or failure to respond to recall notices within a timely manner.